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Behind the scenes of the Valencia Formula One Grand Prix

Before my trip to Valencia to visit the Formula One Grand Prix, my understanding of Formula One racing was limited to fast cars that cost millions, whizzing around a track, and gorgeous girls. Sure, I’d heard of Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso but that was about as many famous Formula One names as […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Benidorm

Benidorm by night. Read the accompanying post: ‘Experiencing Valencia‘. Note: my trip to Valencia and Benidorm was sponsored by the Land of Valencia and Transavia. See other Velvet moments: Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia […]

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Experiencing Valencia

Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain and is the home of paella (YUM!) and the famous Falles festival. With its seaside setting, mile upon mile of sandy beaches, a treasure trove of heritage buildings and the futuristic City of Arts & Sciences (designed by one of my favourite architects, Santiago Calatrava; and Felix Candela), […]

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The intersection of the Keizersgracht and Leidsegracht.

The canals of Amsterdam: a window into the city

My hometown, Amsterdam, with its rings of canals, historic monuments, world-class museums and vibrant nightlife is one of the most visited cities in the world. Amsterdam’s world famous canals offer visitors a unique window into the history of the city and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. In the 17th century, Amsterdam was one of the […]

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Places that inspire: Rome

A guest post by Annemarie a.k.a. @TravelingAnna Rome It isn’t difficult to become inspired by Italy. From the beautiful people, amazing food, and fantastic architecture, it’s a rare person who isn’t charmed. However, my trip, 26 years in the making, brought tears to be eyes for a different reason. To me, my Rome getaway meant […]

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Enchanting spots: Palazzo Ducale Mantua, Italy

This post is an excerpt from the book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go” by Susan Van Allen. The book is filled with gorgeous descriptions of some of the most enchanting spots in Italy as well as lively anecdotes and fascinating historical insights. The chapters are arranged according to themes, such as Gardens, […]

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Velvet moments: spring in my garden

After a long, cold winter, it’s finally warm enough to sit in my garden and enjoy the sunshine. It’s a stunning spring day: clear, blue sky, a slight breeze and the sun’s rays feel delightfully warm. My garden is simply bursting with life and colour. The fish and the salamanders in the pond are swimming […]

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A stroll through Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, a small group of islands in the western Mediterranean. The Balearics, of which Mallorca and Ibiza are the most famous, are a popular summer holiday destination for many Europeans, many of whom have second homes there – with the abundance of […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Pompeii

An erotic fresco in Pompeii, Italy. Read the accompanying post: The Faces of Pompeii. See other Velvet moments: Bora Bora, French Polynesia Serengeti, Tanzania Sacred Water Temple, Bali, Indonesia Masaai Mara, Kenya Iguazu Falls, Brazil/Argentina Valle de la Luna, Chile Positano, Italy Buenos Aires, Argentina Seminyak, Indonesia Lang Tengah island, Malaysia Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina […]

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Keukenhof garden, Holland

An afternoon in the Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is perhaps the Netherlands’ most popular tourist attraction in the spring. Literally translated, Keukenhof means ‘kitchen garden’, and is located near the town of Lisse, about a half-hour drive southwest of Amsterdam, in the heart of one of the country’s major flower-growing regions. The Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden and every […]

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